Kathleen Sirovy, former principal of passed away Friday evening, according to a letter from current Oakmont High Principal Rob Hasty.
Sirovy was diagnosed with an inoperable form of brain cancer in April. She retired last year as principal of Oakmont High, a position she served since 2002, according to a Roseville Press Tribune article.
She shared her goodbye message in a YouTube video at a rally in May 2011. View the video here.
Here is the letter from Hasty:
August 20, 2011
OHS Family, Friends, and Community:
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of retired Oakmont Principal Kathleen Sirovy. As many of you are aware, Mrs. Sirovy was diagnosed with an inoperable form of brain cancer this past April. At the time of the diagnosis the cancer had already spread throughout her brain and was very aggressive.
As only Mrs. Sirovy could do, she took it all in stride and continued guiding Oakmont High School from home and the hospital. Kathleen was, is, and will always be a vital part of the personal, academic, and professional development of so many of us in the RJUHSD. Mrs. Sirovy's bright smile, passion for students, and positive attitude about every situation is what I will miss most about her. She truly cared for every person that she came in contact with. She is a shining example of how we should live our lives.
Albert Schweitzer once said, “Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.” When I think about the life that Mrs. Sirovy led, she left us richer than Bill Gates and happier than any person on the face of the earth. Mrs. Sirovy truly lived her life serving and working hard for each and every one of us. She will be missed greatly.
Please keep Mrs. Sirovy's family in your prayers as they grieve her loss. We have coordinated with the district office and as information becomes available regarding services, and family support we will communicate to all of you. If there is anything that OHS can do to answer questions or help during this time, please contact any of us in the front office.
Did you know Sirovy? What will you remember most about her? Please help us remember her by posting your comments below or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.